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Truman State University

a/o 3/28/19

I’m guessing a lot of your students are looking for a college that has a "magic something" that makes it exceptional. I think that Truman State University could be that school.

We're still accepting applications and awarding scholarship aid for Fall 2019. If you're working with seniors who may be interested in what Truman has to offer, encourage them to submit our free online application soon!

We combine the advantages of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major state university. With under 6,000 students, classes are small and professors know their students. But, we’re a public university with all the people and resources you’d expect.

Truman is also more affordable than comparable universities, so our students graduate with far less debt than the average student. That takes a lot of stress off our students (and their parents)!

But to me, the "magical" thing about Truman is our community. Our student surveys show a nearly universal feeling of gratitude for how friendly and helpful students and staff are at Truman.

I hope you see Truman as a great match for many of your students. Please reach out if you have questions about Truman or want to share a name of one of your students who you think would thrive as a part of our community.

Mark Clynes
Admission Counselor
Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri

a/o 2/26/19

I’ve been talking to a few of your students about campus life at Truman State University — what it’s like to live in
the dorms, what the food is like, and the things to do on campus after class. I thought you might like to see what
I’ve been saying:
  • Because 98% of freshmen live on campus, living in one of our six residence halls is a great way to make
  • friends. (And you can’t beat the convenience!)
  • Freshmen often adapt and feel connected to the Truman community through the many organizations
  • and activities they can get involved with. Options include fraternities and sororities, community service,
  • leadership training, intramural sports... the list of options goes on and on.
  • The Student Advisors in the residence halls plan all kinds of activities to help students bond and develop
  • a sort of “dorm spirit.”
I think this student summed it up perfectly: “Having the community that I did on my floor really helped me
adjust to college life my freshman year, and we still have so much fun together doing the most random things!”

Our students are proud to call Truman home. If there’s anything I can do to help our with your students'
college search, please let me know!

Mark Clynes
Admission Counselor
Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri

as of 1/28/19

For the last few weeks, I’ve been talking with some of your students about what happens after college is over. I want students to think about the difference between simply making a living and making a life.

I think you’ll find that Truman State University thinks about that a lot.

Here are a few of the things we do for our students:
  • Our Career Center has a great program called TruStar that trains students in the soft skills that employers are looking for -- like problem solving, communication, teamwork, and leadership.
  • The staff in the Career Center coaches students on things like writing strong resumes and cover letters, how to interview effectively, and how to use social media appropriately.
  • And every semester the Career Center hosts Career and Grad School week, including a Career Expo with approximately 100 employers from a variety of fields and locations. Employers also visit Truman throughout the school year to interview candidates for full-time positions and internships.
Advising, counseling, internships, and resumes… we do it all and more.

I know it's important for your students to be thinking about this when they choose a college. I’d love to hear your take on how colleges can help students prepare for what comes after graduation. How does Truman State University compare? Send me an email and we’ll talk.

Thank you,

Mark Clynes
Admission Counselor
Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri

as of 12/28/18

Lately I’ve been talking to a few of your students about two of the fundamental financial aid questions that come along with the college search:
  1. Is this college affordable?
  2. Is this college a good investment of my time and money?
I think you’ll agree that both of those questions are pretty important. So, I wanted to reach out to you and give you my thoughts on both of those questions and let you know how we answer them here at Truman State University.
  • Truman is one of the most affordable colleges in the country. Consumers Digest ranked us #1 on its list of “Best Values for Public Universities.” And the new 2019 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Truman in the top ten “best buys” for public colleges. (We’re the only Missouri school.) Four years at Truman costs students about half of what they’d pay many other places.
  • 99% of our students receive financial aid and 96% receive merit scholarships. So it’s no surprise that more than half our students graduate with no debt. Princeton Review (2018) included Truman on its list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck.”
  • Looking for more value? Truman provides students with a private school education at a public school price. Classes are small, students and professors are able to build strong mentoring relationships, and there are lots of resources available as well as opportunities to explore and grow.
I hope this information was helpful. Please reach out with any questions!
Mark Clynes
Admission Counselor
Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri

as of 11/2/18

Truman State University has an exciting announcement for your students at Oakville High School!

In an effort to streamline the application process, we are promising an accelerated admission
 which includes an admission essay waiver for select students.

For all first-year freshman applicants with at least a 27 ACT/1260 SAT and a 2.5 GPA or higher and
for students who are eligible for a TruMerit automatic scholarship, the admission essay is waived 
and an admission decision will be available within a few workdays of completion. Not sure
which students will receive a TruMerit scholarship? The eligibility charts are available online here:

While we still recommend all students submit an essay and activities list for competitive scholarship
consideration, we recognize the value of making quick decisions so students can begin planning their
academic future in earnest as soon as possible.

Will you share this news with students at Oakville High School that you think would make
great Truman students?

Mark Clynes
Admission Counselor
Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri

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